Friday, 3 September 2010

Lamb Rogan Josh

This last weekend I had the Lamb Curry King of the North, stay with us, together with his lovely wife Marilyn.

As Jane-Anne Hobbs, writing the Scrumptious South Africa blog, rightly described food bloggers as “desperate for attention” at the Food & Wine Bloggers’ Club, I stepped up to the plate stove - desperate for attention and praise for being able to create a lamb curry for the most renowned curry maker I know.

I decided to go for Rogan Josh, a mild curry with fragrant with spices and mellowed by the yoghurt.

I am proud to proclaim this was a resounding success, and to quote the Curry King: "I couldn't do better myself"!
Lamb Rogan Josh


Lamb Rogan Josh

1kg Lamb Knuckle (traditionally you should use lamb neck)
250ml Plain Yoghurt
3 Cloves of crushed Garlic
2" piece of Crushed Ginger
2 Tablespoons Black Vinegar (not balsamic)
2 Medium Onions Finely Chopped
300 -500ml Lamb or Chicken Stock

Spice Blend
2 teaspoons Cumin
3 teaspoon Coriander
1 teaspoon Fennel
3 teaspoons Paprika
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
4 teaspoons Dried Chilli
5 Green Cardamom Pods (crushed)
3 Cloves Crushed
4 Large Potatoes peeled and cut in half

In a dry pan, roast the spices until fragrant, then crush in a mortar and pestle. 
Marinade the meat, the crushed spices, the yoghurt and the vinegar overnight.
Pre-heat oven to 140ÂșC
In a oven and stove proof casserole.
Brown the onions and the meat (with the marinade) until lightly browned.
Add the stock.
Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours at least, until meat is tender.
Add the potatoes, check there is enough liquid and cook for a further hour until potatoes are cooked.
Serve with steamed white rice, sambals and cucumbers in plain yoghurt.

5 comments:

Wendy T said...

Looks absolutely delicious Rose, time to go and haul out the curry spices I think....might just wait for the temperature to go down a few degrees first! Have a fabulous weekend. xxx

tandysinclair.com said...

wonderful - one of my favourites!

Juno said...

Rose, that comment 'desperate for attention' looked silly quoted out of context as it was, and I am rather embarrassed about the way it was highlighted. What I was actually trying to say in my talk is that most bloggers crave attention, and that they love comments and feedback. So here's one for you: this looks gorgeous. I think lamb knuckles are the way to go too: I have found lamb neck can be quite gristly. Well done

Rose&Thorn said...

Wendy - Certainly a cold weather meal - although the Indians love their curry throughout the year!

Tandy - Thanks, comfort food at it's best.

Juno - I'm sorry for misquoting, when I read it I thought it was a classic, described me perfectly (blush blush)! Thanks for the wonderful words for me - I am honoured to have them from you.

Jeanne @ CookSister! said...

Just call us bloggers media sluts, hahaha! ;-) Rogan josh is one of my favourite curries - not too hot, not too mild - and yours looks fantastic!

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